MIAMI, FL – January 19, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Emmy, Peabody and Alfred Dupont award-winning journalist José Díaz-Balart, anchor of Telemundo’s national daily newscast “Noticias Telemundo” and of “NBC Nightly News Saturday,” has been named the first recipient of the 2017 Latinovator Award of the eighth annual Hispanicize 2017 Week, April 3-6 (

“José’s numerous achievements and his unique position as the only anchor of both a national Spanish-language and English-language TV network have established him as one of the most recognizable Latinos in ALL journalism today and an incredible candidate for the Latinovator Award,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and CEO of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns the Hispanicize Event.

In addition to hosting the two network news shows, Diaz-Balart also hosts Telemundo’s Sunday current affairs program “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart,” and is a regular contributor to NBC’s “Meet the Press”. This is the second time in his career that Diaz-Balart hosts two national newscasts in Spanish and English, as he has previously been the daily news anchor for both ‘Noticias Telemundo’ and the daily morning newscast “MSNBC Live with José Díaz-Balart.”

Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and over the past 32 years has witnessed and reported historic events for prestigious news media around the world. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including four Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, and the Broadcasting & Cable/Multichannel News 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. He was recently honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Hispanic Federation and the Communications Award by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Established in 2012, the Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other high achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievements are remarkable or inspirational. Each of the innovators will be presented individually with their awards at a special general session and discuss their inspirations, challenges, business habits and road to success.

Previous Latinovator recipients include acting legend Rita Moreno, television icon Don Francisco, veteran actor Luis Guzman, journalist Soledad O’Brien, iconic producer Emilio Estefan, news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, famed musician Sheila E., Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sanchez, actor Carlos Ponce and others.

Hispanicize 2017 Update

Hispanicize 2017 Week will feature more than 200 speakers in 100+ sessions, town halls, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2017 also features the Second Annual DiMe Summit, the first annual Hispanicize CMO Summit, the Third Annual Tecla Awards, the 4th annual Positive Impact Awards and Second Annual NAHJ Spanish-language Journalist Conference.

To register to Hispanicize Event please click HERE. To reserve a hotel room visit See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2017 here:

This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, PRWeek, the Latino Startup Alliance and Black Tech Week.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship information are still available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779.

In addition to presenting sponsor Prudential Financial, as of today, announced sponsors also include: Toyota, State Farm, KOA, CNN Español, Kelley Blue Book, Region’s Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, Alma, República, C-Com Group, BodenPR and

Additional media partners include: Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Black Enterprise, Media Moves and iBlog Magazine.

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).